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J Public Health Dent. 2011 Spring;71 Suppl 2:S9-19.

The principles, competencies, and curriculum for educating dental therapists: a report of the American Association of Public Health Dentistry Panel.

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University of Illinois at Chicago College of Dentistry, Associate Dean for Prevention and Public Health Sciences, Chicago, IL 60612, USA.


A panel of academicians was formed to develop an educational plan for dental therapists. The panel met over a 14-month period of time (2010-2011). The panel interviewed leadership from dental therapy educational programs in New Zealand, Canada, Alaska, and the University of Minnesota. The panel was structured into three subcommittees--principles, competencies, and curriculum to develop an educational plan for a 2-year postsecondary school dental therapy program. Reports from the three subcommittees are presented in this article along with introductory information and a discussion about the reports. A fourth subcommittee considered career pathways, and its report is presented as a separate article in this special issue. The final work of the panel was to consider accreditation issues regarding dental therapist programs, and its report is also presented in this issue.

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